Galaxy Note 10 marks the end of Google Daydream and Gear VR
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Samsung's Galaxy Note 10 was officially announced last week. The device is full of modern features that most people want in a smartphone. Besides, Samsung's flagship also eliminates some important things like headphone jack and microSD card slot on the standard version. However, it is worth noting that the Galaxy Note 10 will not support any mobile VR platform, marking the end of both Gear VR and Google Daydream.
Samsung confirmed with The Verge a few days ago that Galaxy Note 10 doesn't support Gear VR at all, and this is Samsung's own mobile virtual reality platform. It is not surprising, because the virtual reality headset that you plugged into the Korean company's phone has not been updated since 2017 and it requires all recent Galaxy phones to use the adapter. Oculus is Samsung's main partner in making Gear VR a reality. However, the company created the independent Oculus Go virtual reality headset, so perhaps products like Gear VR would no longer be needed.
Google has been working on its own Daydream VR platform for a few years, operating on a number of manufacturers’ phones. Although Daydream is supported on Galaxy S8, Galaxy Note 8 and Galaxy S9, it lacks Galaxy S10. Google has just confirmed that Daydream will not be available on Galaxy Note 10. Therefore, Pixel 3 and Galaxy Note 8 are the most recent phones supporting this platform.
Although Gear VR and Daydream are not technically dead at this time, they will still work on compatible phones in the next few years. However, there is no certainty that one of the platforms has a viable future. Gear VR usually only supports Samsung's flagship and now Galaxy Note 10 is no longer compatible, so Galaxy S11 will probably be the same. Meanwhile, Samsung accounts for the majority of high-end Android phone sales and Daydream does not support any of its devices in 2019, so the future market for Daydream is no longer available.
The only way forward for Google Daydream seems to be an independent virtual reality headset like Oculus Go, but the platform has still stood in place for the past few years. In 2017, Google promised that virtual reality headsets from HTC, Lenovo and other companies would support Daydream, but only Lenovo Mirage Solo appeared on the market. Last year, Google said it was working on the new Daydream controller with more software features, but these features have never been published so far. It is a pity to see that the VR platforms that support smartphones are ignored by manufacturers. Of course, this opens a new era for better and more independent VR headsets.
By: Grace White